Millennium Falcon LED Acrylic Wall Hanger


(Dustin S Tilton) #1

Millennium Falcon wall hanger made on my Shapeoko XXL. Vectric VCarve quick engrave toolpath using a diamond drag bit on an 18"x24" piece of 1/4" cast acrylic (from eStreetplastics.com). I used LED standoffs to light the sign (ordered from Outwater.com). The LED standoffs serve to both light the sign and provide a 1" standoff. The background is 1/2" MDF painted black. I have the wiring run through the wall into the utility room behind it, so no visible wires. I have a remote controlled outlet on order to turn it on and off. I used a 1/8" 2 flute flat endmill to cut out the outline, then flame polished the edges using a propane torch.
This is hanging in my new Star Wars themed bathroom.


(Stephen Gullage) #2

So just two of those standoffs gives that much light?! That looks incredible!


(Dustin S Tilton) #3

Yes, I was really surprised how much light they put out. I think I will be using the standoffs quite a bit. Of course I have a bunch of LED strips to use up, but I think moving forward I will use the standoffs.


(Aaron Allen) #4

Very well done, nice job.


(Raphael E Gilmore) #5

Any chance you would be willing to share the machine files? I know my boys would love to have something similar in their bedroom. Great work!


(Bryan Haring) #6

I don’t know how i missed this back in August! Nice work!

Also interested in the file if you wouldn’t mind sharing!


(Dustin S Tilton) #7

(Dustin S Tilton) #8

See other reply for download site for DXF file.


(Greg Smith) #9

This is very cool I have Vectric Vcarve, but I’ve never pulled in a DXF file before. I’ve also never used a drag bit before. Would you be willing to share the Vcarve file so I could examine how the tool paths are set up, and see how the image got imported?


(Dustin S Tilton) #10

Importing a DXF is easy. Click File, import Vectors, browse to your DXF file, select it, then click Open.

Import_Vectors

Once you have the DXF open, it is already in vectors, so clean up as you see fit. I deleted a bunch of small stuff that would add lots of time to the engrave, but would not add much to the end result. That is up to you.

Once you have the vectors cleaned up and are ready for a toolpath, select all vectors, then create a Quick engrave toolpath. Select your dragbit. Here are the settings I used.

Here are the settings for my drag bit. I don’t know if these speeds are correct, so use your judgement. They work for me. Maybe I could go faster.

I also cut 2 holes to fit the LED stand offs. Again used my cheap 1/8" endmill.

Last, I made an outside profile cut to cut it out of the sheet. Nothing special about it, just used a 1/8’ 2 flute upcut endmill from China.

Good luck.


(Greg Smith) #11

Thanks for the info. When I first imported the DXF file that you had linked to above, I didn’t think it had worked, but it apparently just came in very small, very far away from the center of the project file.

Thanks again for the detailed response.


(Bryan Haring) #12

Thanks for the file! Took some work to make it work but is cool! May add a clock!


(John L George) #13

Very nice work! I hope to do some work with Lexan in the future.